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We make ease for you to carry a well-prepared trophy home as your visit memory in Africa.  This is done with the assistance from experienced and registered experts on trophy handling and export. Tanzania is the remaining Africa's premier hunting safari destination for international tourists; tourist leaves the country with quality trophy, as most of them get trophies worth of their hunting expeditions.

Trophy handling

Trophy is ivory, rhinoceros horns, hippopotamus tooth, animal tursh, animal horns and skin of any game animal. For example, a tooth of a warthog shot by tourist on a hunting expedition is a trophy, which must be handled by a trophy dealer. TAWA is the regulating and controlling authority of all activities related to trophy dealers who must have licenses and permits to undertake the handling of trophies.

Trophies are processed by dealers who are licensed to capture, buy, sell, keep, transport, cut, carve, polish, clean, mount, preserve or process trophies for commercial purposes. In case a foreign tourist hunter who has got a trophy under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), needs a special permit for such species. Host hunting companies are ready to provide any information on any issues pertaining the trophy dealing. 


The Tanzania Wildlife Act No. 5 of 2009 specifies endangered species of wildlife, which must not be hunted. One of the wild animals, which fall under this category, includes rhinoceros wild dogs whose numbers has dwindled to threatening levels. Others wildlife not permitted to hunt include Cheater, giraffe, Puku and Chimpanzee.  As a way to enforce this ban of wildlife under CITES, some countries do not allow entry of such trophies or products from these banned wild endangered, threatened or rare animals. 

If you would like to know more about the regulations, you can click here


There are several licenses related to trophy dealing. One of them is Trophy Dealers License. Trophy owner (foreign tourist) has to pay for handling and preparation of the trophy to the hunting company. The fees are for cleaning, cutting, carving, polishing or mounting the trophy. There is also a trophy export license and license for possession of trophy by the foreign tourist hunter.

List of licensed trophy dealers

A list of licensed trophy dealers can be found here.


Those wishing to engage in trophy dealing business are advised to communicate with TAWA for more information on the contact page.


Mr. Joas Makwati

Senior Wildlife Officer